"The only Street Fighter 3 that's not worth a damn."
The entire Street Fighter 3 series was magical. Street Fighter Alpha 3 was one of the genres most well rounded experiences. Street Fighter EX 3 feels like it was slapped together to make a quick buck. Unlike the vastly underrated Street Fighter EX+ on the Sony PlayStation, EX3 fails at nearly every conceivable angle. First generation visuals manage to look slightly worse than those found in Street Fighter EX 2 from a system with an inferior graphical engine. Even with up to six players on screen at one time, the frame rate remains solid, yet the overall quality teeters towards poor. In fact, having the main mode incorporate CPU partners or tagging doesn’t do the gameplay any favors, as it adds an unwelcome dynamic, one that ultimately turns off the players more than excites. The roster has a generous helping of players, though even some of the more nonsensical additions, such as Skullamania, leave you starving for something with more substance. The audio suffers from obscurity, as nothing stands out in either significant or deterrence. Even the controls feel too tight and sluggish at times, although the EX series has never been known for silky smooth character manipulations. While Street Fighter EX + still doesn’t get the love that it deserves, Street Fighter EX 3 is a game that couldn’t buy love from anyone. Pass this one over for the older titles in the series, as they’ll provide much more stability and replay value.